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BOTY Coffeehouse and Roastery give back to the community

Owners of Back of the Yards Coffee House and Roastery, Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iniguez presented their first donation award to the Kids Cafe program of Casa Romero on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sr. Angie Kolancinski from Holy Cross, received the $500 donation. Kids Cafe of Casa Romero is an after-school program that serves the youth […]

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Op-Ed: El futuro del barrio, está en nuestras manos

The future of the neighborhood is in our hands My parents immigrated to Chicago in the early ‘90s when they were teenagers and, like many immigrants before them, they decided to settle in Back of the Yards. At the age of 16, my mother gave birth to me at St. Anthony Hospital. My dad worked […]

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Back of the Yards unites to honor the departed

The sounds of maracas and clouds of incense filled the air as Back of the Yards residents of all ages marched the streets Sunday, Oct. 25 for the fourth annual Dia de los Muertos Walk. Dozens of motorcyclists led the procession, which originated at Holy Cross Parish and headed north along Wood Street. Fancy ladies, […]

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A promising future in store for Back of the Yards College Prep

Two years have come and gone since the new Back of the Yards College Prep High School (BOYCP) opened its doors to its first class of freshmen students. Today those students are juniors and 275 strong–working hard to hone their academic skills as they prepare for what lies ahead— whether it’s college or specialized training […]